200m+ NFC phones – 13% of the market – next year.
Paying with a wave of the cell-phone will become more usual next year when the number of phones with NFC will quadruple to 200m – which is 13% of all phones.
“With NFC technology expected to be integrated into Nokia’s cell phones and Google’s Android operating system, the first shots of this revolution will be fired next year,” says iSuppli’s Jagdish Rebello.
Nokia says it will support NFC in all new smart phone models introduced in 2011.
Google has announced support for NFC in Android 2.3, set for release this week.
The three largest US mobile phone carriers—AT&T Wireless, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile—have launched a joint venture known as ISIS that will develop a mobile payment system based on NFC.
ISIS is initially working with Barclaycard U.S. and Discover Financial Services, but the carriers say they are open to collaborating with any bank or credit card company that would like to use the platform.
Within the next 18 months, ISIS hopes to have NFC-enabled cell phones sold by the three carriers with a US-wide roll-out by 2013.
Besides payments, NFC enables functions like access devices for office and gated apartments; exchange of business card information and performing setup for wireless devices like Bluetooth.